JURGEN KLOPP vows he will not be running onto the Goodison Park pitch should his side win tomorrow.
But there would be no harm in him having a minder close at hand anyway.
Just in case he forgets himself like he did at Anfield after Divock Origi’s injury time winner back in December.
Klopp, smiling the big smile and acting as cool as a cucumber declared: “We all know my celebration. I will not do it again.”
The temptation for a repeat should his side win, however, would still be great for the German so famous for his sometimes manic touchline behaviour.
For he will know as well as any Scouser – Blue or Red – that no Merseyside derby in the Prem era has held such importance as this one for Liverpool.
So often local hostilities since Kenny Dalglish claimed the club’s 18th title in 1990 have been more about Monday morning bragging rights than having much to do with becoming champions of England.
Three points, indeed, could mean everything, not only to the club that has endured 29 years of title torture, but also to the manager himself.
When he took over in October 2015 he declared at his unveiling: “If I sit here in four years, I am pretty confident we will have one title.”
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Which by his own self – imposed schedule means it has to be this season.
For all his popularity on the Kop the fact remains that he has already lost in two cup finals and last season saw an often desperate struggle for Champions League qualification.
In the past months former stars like John Toshak and Phil Thompson have been piling the pressure on, stressing the time had come for him to deliver trophies.
He called himself the Normal One when he arrived but Klopp knows this is a far from normal occasion.
The 200th league meeting between the clubs forms the last chance for Marco Silva, his players and the Everton fans to make any sort of gesture in a season of deep disappointment – especially as it is eight years since the Toffees triumphed in the fixture.
It could also make or break his bid to become the first Anfield manager since King Kenny in 1990 to glory in top flight success.
Klopp admits the home fans will be doing everything to help badly dent that bid in what will be an environment made more hostile after boss Marco Silva threw that “World Cup” jibe back in his face.
He demands his players deal with it saying: “At Goodison they really support their team. So now let’s go there and use that atmosphere.
“It will loud, it will be wild, it will be everything, and we have to deliver that on the pitch as well. Football players like that.
“Of course the fans of Everton don’t want us to win anything, and our fans are the same with them. It’s very emotional, very passionate and for me that’s how football should be.
“There are other atmospheres in the Premier League where you think ‘wow, what are we playing for today, something special that we don’t know about?’”
But while Klopp himself went wild after Origi forced home for a 1 – 0 win after Jordan Pickford’s blunder he warns his players to understand that they cannot to follow his lead from three months ago.
He stresses: “We always want to be very aggressive, but in the best football way. That means being ready to hurt yourself and not the other guy. It’s a ball we fight for, not a bone or whatever.”
Silva and the support want to pick a bone with him over his antics but Klopp does his best to diffuse the situation saying: “What happened that day was very surprising. It was a very special moment, but it’s not the time to put the finger in an open mouth and say we want something like that again.”
Everton have struggled ever since that Origi sparked Klopp’s mad dash but the Portuguese refuses to concede the defeat destabilised his side.
He stresses: “For all the good moments and in the bad moments we have to react stronger and show character and personality. It had the impact in that moment and maybe the week after but after that no, it doesn’t make sense.”
Silva, more upbeat than recently following the midweek 3 – 0 win over Cardiff added: “If we play like we played in December against them it can be very good for us.”